51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse

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List of Famous Survivors of Child Abuse, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many actors, musicians and celebrities have spoken out against child abuse and shared their own personal experiences and struggles. If you are in need of help and want to speak to someone about your experience with child abuse or if you would like to report suspected abuse call the National Child Abuse Help Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD.

Who is the most famous survivor of child abuse? Drew Barrymore tops our list. Drew Barrymore was neglected and abused as a child. As a young Hollywood star, Barrymore was a regular at Studio 54 when she was just 11. Barrymore entered rehab for the first time at age 14. Drew Barrymore struggled with addiction throughout her life, but she has risen above her past experiences to become a successful Hollywood actress, producer and director.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has turned her horrible experiences with childhood abuse into an inspiring tale of triumph. Winfrey suffered physical and sexual abuse growing up and at the age of 13 she ran away. On her talk show, Oprah Winfrey frequently welcomed guests who had also suffered abuse, in hopes to raise awareness and take away the shame associated with it. Tyler Perry recently came forward with his experiences with abuse in hopes to inspire other men to release themselves from unnecessary guilt.

Are you surprised that so many famous people have been the victims of child abuse? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  1. Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse
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    Drew Barrymore suffered child abuse at the hand of her father John Barrymore. Drew, growing up a child star, was also introduced to drugs, alcohol, and sex at an early age.
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    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, Culver City, California, USA
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Donnie Darko, Charlie's Angels, Scream, My Date with Drew
  2. Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse
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    Oprah Winfrey suffered from sexual abuse as a child in Milwaukee. The talk show host has been vocal about her experience, and she has helped many other victims move past their horrific pasts.
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    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?
  3. Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse
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    Christina Aguilera was emotionally and physically abused by her father growing up. The singer has been estranged from her father for over 10 years.
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    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Get Smart, Moulin Rouge, Burlesque, Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  4. Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse
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    Marilyn Monroe was passed around the foster care system as a child, and she suffered sexual abuse from the men in her life. Monroe was one of the first public figures to discuss her experience with abuse in public.
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer, Showgirl
    • Credits: Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire
  5. Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse
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    Bill Clinton's stepfather Roger Clinton was abusive and struggled with alcoholism. Clinton said that growing up, he never let anyone know what was going on at home. It was like he was living two parallel lives.
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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Hope, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area, Arkansas, Hempstead County, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Author, Lawyer, Teacher
    • Credits: Fire in the Blood, The Final Days, The Last Party, Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story
  6. Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse
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    Tyler Perry suffered from physical abuse at the hand of his own father and sexual abuse from several adults that were present in his childhood. Perry bravely discussed his past in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, For Better or Worse, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
  7. Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse
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    Rosie O'Donnell has publicly stated that she and her four siblings were the victims of varying levels of abuse.
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    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Commack
    • Profession: Editor, Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Tarzan, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, The Flintstones, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, + more
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 51 Famous Survivors of Child Abuse
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    Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was the victim of child abuse, but she never spoke of it publicly.
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    • Age: Died at 78 (1884-1962)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Eleanor Roosevelt Story, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, Women in Defense
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